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Scott Keys / 2,265 items

N 32 B 196 C 2 E Jan 6, 2021 F Jan 21, 2021
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N 46 B 306 C 2 E Jan 19, 2021 F Jan 20, 2021
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I have this belief that more important than the subject, is the location and this is a good example of that. I have seen this spot several times and always wondered if it would photograph as well as I thought. Last week I stopped in mediocre light to scout the spot, see if it was feasible and accessible. It looked to check all the boxes. Knowing that it would be good for morning light, I set up before sunrise in the cold water and prepared to wait. It only took a few minutes before my target arrived, Red-breasted Merganser. Here in blue hour the light was low, 1/100 at 9000ISO isn't ideal for a moving subject, but it was what I had to work with and I was thrilled that this came out as well as it did. I got several images I really like of this species in that time frame and certainly the best series I have ever captured of them. After about 90 minutes I could no longer feel my toes or fingers so it was time to get out, but 90 minutes I will treasure for a while.
NJ 2021

N 38 B 279 C 3 E Jan 6, 2021 F Jan 19, 2021
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On the east coast, these birds winter in the north and are often in non-breeding plumage. These sea ducks are usually found in areas that are tough to photograph and don't offer a lot of great composition and or backgrounds. Even with good looks, they are generally on the sea without a lot to offer. Most of my pictures of this species were the same, until this opportunity presented itself. Away from their usual areas, a couple of Eiders found a cove on the bayside, where waters are calmer and I was able to frame them up against a backdrop of winter marsh grass. Only had 2 minutes with them, but got a shot I really like. Notice how the non-breeding colors almost exactly mimic the grasses behind? Considered myself lucky to happen on this scene by just pulling over into an area that looked interesting.
NJ 2021

N 36 B 307 C 2 E Jul 9, 2020 F Jan 18, 2021
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N 54 B 400 C 5 E Jan 7, 2021 F Jan 17, 2021
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